Community calls for end to violence as another teen murder rocks the city

Nayaba Arinde | 9/27/2018, 12:52 p.m.
"'Who killed my son?' asked David Oyebola.."

“I was in the U.S. Marines,” said Pabon. “I was there for four and a half years. I just got home in May.”

Currently waiting to “hear back from sanitation, the NYPD or FDNY,” Pabon said he had a lot of experience in the Marines with people “who got shot or wounded or blown up in combat.”

“So I tried to apply that training here to the kid,” he said. “But all that I had was to control the bleeding because I did not have no other equipment. When the EMS came, they came too late because the kid had already stopped breathing. I was there and he was fighting for 20 minutes straight before the ambulance came. I find no excuse why that should happen because we have a precinct (73rd) that’s two blocks right here, and a fire station that’s three blocks on Rockaway with an ambulance that’s always on stand-by.”

It is a question David Oyebola also has for the city. He said, “How long did it take the police to get there? How long did it take the EMS to arrive? Before he got to the hospital, he lost his life. We are going to put him to rest, then that is the question we are going to ask the city. But right now we mourn and we are hurt.”

The FDNY responded to an Amsterdam News request for a comment noting, “Units called @ 1651 hrs. On Scene @ 1657 hrs. Transport to Hosp @ 1606 hrs. Arrival to Hosp @ 1610 hrs. No delays... 20 mins from the time we received the call till we arrived at the Hosp.”

“For me, and a lot of community can say it took a long time for them to arrive—definitely over 10 minutes,” Pabon said when the Amsterdam News contacted him for a follow-up comment. “His friends and an undercover officer tried to help. Timi was really fighting for his life, he heard his friends screaming. He tried to respond, but he couldn’t.”

The ambulance took Oyebola to Brookdale Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The NYPD told the Amsterdam News, “Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, at approximately 1549 hours, police responded to a 911 call of a male shot at Chester Street and Sutter Avenue, within the confines of the 73 Precinct. Upon arrival officers found an unconscious and unresponsive 16-year-old male with a gunshot wound to the head. EMS also responded to the scene and transported the victim to Brookdale Hospital, where he was pronounced deceased. There are no arrests and the investigation is ongoing.”

Assistant Chief Jeffrey Maddrey said possibly two people fired shots from inside the park before running off. Police suspect that Oyebola was not the intended target.

“Everybody is trying to find out what happened,” Pabon told the Amsterdam News, at a vigil Sunday, at the site of the shooting. There have already been three vigils. It was a shooting of the type to send a message. If they wanted to intentionally kill the kid, they would have walked up to the person and shot him. They shot at least 50 feet away.”